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  • Roane Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back on Sept. 26.

    Capt. Tim Hawn said people can drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medicines at the Walgreens in Midtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “We don’t question people where it came from or anything like that,” Hawn said.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration partners with law enforcement agencies around the country for National Prescription Drug Take-Back.

  • Public records access fees ‘akin to a poll tax’

    Tennesseans are fired up about a proposal in the General Assembly to charge for the inspection of public records.

    A public hearing on the issue held in Knoxville was standing room only Tuesday.

    “We appreciate this tremendous turnout,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower told the crowd.

    The Knoxville hearing was one of three held around the state this week to get public feedback on the issue.

  • Utility work on Devonia continues

    Harriman Utility Board continues to do utility work on Devonia Street and nearby roads.

    “We have a contractor who has been replacing water lines on Silura and Devonia streets,” HUB manager Bill Young said Thursday.

    “Today they are working on the tie-in at Roane Street,” he added.

    “HUB crews have been doing some work in conjunction with this project,” Young added.

    In addition to water lines, HUB has worked on the sewer on Devonia and replaced a section of gas line on Queen Street.

  • Driver training in store for crews

    In a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon, Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson indicated more training is in store for his employees who drive vehicles.

    “Our employees drive thousands of miles a year, and safety is always our No. 1 concern,” the statement said.

    “In addition to the appropriate licensing by the state, we are in the process of adopting additional training for all of our employees,” Ferguson continued in the statement.

  • Henry: Time for dialogue on state gas tax increase

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration continues to put out feelers for a hike in the state gas tax.

    Last month, his chief of staff, former Kingston mayor Jim Henry, was blunt with his remarks during an economic development conference at Roane State Community College.

    “The conversation needs to be started,” he said.

    Henry added that the cost of keeping up the state’s road infrastructure isn’t cheap.


    Jim Foster admits he watches the clock at work.

    But it’s not a means of killing time, because time is his business.

    Restoring timepieces of old is a fun hobby for Foster and his wife, Becky. It’s also business.

    “It’s value, in my opinion, is really a historical value and an admiration of design ...” Foster said.

    At work at his shop, aptly named Your Time, he delves into the intricacies of clockwork, their dark stained curves hiding delicate innerworkings so small it takes a microscope to see.

  • County tax rate OK’d with little fuss

    Keevin Woody, the elementary supervisor for Roane County Schools, thanked Darryl Meadows after Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    He had a good reason to.

    Meadows, who represents District 1 on the Commission, voted against passing the county budget in July.

    On Monday, he voted in favor of a property tax increase to support that budget. The majority of that increase will create funding for the schools.

  • Roane HOME grant hearing slated Thursday

    A public hearing on Roane County’s $250,000 HOME grant will be held on Thursday.

    “If you know anyone who may qualify for the HOME grant you may want to give them a call and tell them to be here,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The hearing will start at 5 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Woody said officials with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the county will attend to provide information.

    “They will discuss eligibility and the application process,” Woody said.


    The Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds will be transformed this Halloween season into a silly and spooky village full of good times.

    Boo-Town is the perfect setting for fun for the youngest goblins. It will even have a bit of a fright for those brave enough to venture onto a haunted hayride with a vintage tractor and its similarly ancient driver.

    “It is for kids, but also for anybody that wants to dress up,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president and manager.

  • Harriman bldg. razing delayed

    Cleanup work continues on the 500 block of Harriman’s Roane Street, where the Miller & Brewer Department Store burned in January.

    It was originally thought the remaining structures on the block would come down starting Monday. But the demolition has been put on hold — at least for another week.

    “They are prepping drainage and content for removal,” explained Lynn Farnham, Roane County purchasing agent.